Whisky made of Saskatchewan wheat goes over well at Canadian Whisky Awards

By on January 24, 2017


Whisky made of Saskatchewan wheat goes over well at Canadian Whisky Awards (Photo: Last Mountain Distillery/Facebook)
Whisky made of Saskatchewan wheat goes over well at Canadian Whisky Awards (Photo: Last Mountain Distillery/Facebook)

Canadian Whisky Awards

LUMSDEN, Sask—Saskatchewan wheat is being used to make an award-winning whisky northwest of Regina.

Colin Schmidt is an owner of Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden.

His company’s whisky recently won silver medals at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held in Victoria B.C.

Schmidt says while some Canadian whisky claims to be made out of rye, most is made out of corn.

He says his company uses wheat because it is unique and locally made.

The Last Mountain Distillery uses about 55,000 kilograms of wheat a year, plus other grains, to make whisky, rum and vodka.

“To have something that we put away 3 1/2 years ago into a barrel hoping it would be accepted and then to have it reviewed by experts as being some of the best whisky in Canada is very encouraging for us as a small distillery,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt says business is doing well and is in the midst of a $200,000 expansion.